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Drawing from Afro-Cuban music, indigenous traditions, and other styles, the Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab had a great run from 1970 until their breakup in the late ‘80s. The group reformed in 2001 and their 2008 release, Made In Dakar, is delightful. The album presents new tunes and reworkings of older material, but the result is timeless rather than nostalgic. Assane Mboup, Balla Sidibe, Rudy Gomis, and the other vocalists sing in Wolof, Malinke, Portuguese Creole, and French. Made In Dakar opens with “Papa Ndiaye,” which finds Mboup accompanied by a Cuban rhythm and vocal harmonies that bring to mind ’70s California Latin rock. “Cabral” rides a guajira groove and pays homage to another important West African figure, Amilcar Lopes Cabral, who helped lead nearby Guinea-Bissau to independence from Portugal. Youssou N’Dour, one of the most popular artists to emerge from Senegal, shares vocal duties with Mboup on “Nijaay.” As guitars and saxes solo and weave, the two singers give voice to yet another tribute — this time to the band members’ wives.

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Made in the shade cool

For those of you who will be lucky enough to get to see Baobab this summer on the west coast and midwest (mostly), you will always remember these songs Nijaay, Pape Ndiaye, Ami Kita Bay, Cabral and of course Ndeleng Ndeleng. Without a doubt this recording will be remembered as one of their best. It is nice to see one of the legendary groups from West Africa have a recording that grooves this hard and is such a high quality recording. Never stop enjoying this collection of songs. I most certainly have for the last 3 months.

The Real Deal

This music that is coming to the surface breathes with love and life. It deserves to be savored and shared like a good meal. Que continua musica de llegar a las orejas del publico!

The Best Yet!!!

Orchestra Baobab has been doing it for decades and this latest effort is the best yet. Authentic music for authentic music lovers. If you want rythm, style and maturity then this is definitely something you want in your music library. I love it.


Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

From inauspicious beginnings as the weekend house band at a Dakar club for government officials, Senegal's Orchestra Baobob, named for the club (which in turn took its name from the native baobob tree), went on to become one of the seminal bands of world music, with an influence that extended far beyond their national boundaries, throughout West Africa and into Europe. Put together by original leader and saxophonist Baro N'Diaye, the first version was a seven-piece group, three of them enticed away...
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Made In Dakar, Orchestra Baobab
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: May 15, 2008

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